old pals act

old pals act

The idea that someone has used their power, money, influence, or position to benefit or protect their friends or acquaintances. Used especially in reference to sports teams. Primarily heard in UK. Despite being great friends with the club's owner, the new manager insists that it was his belief in the team's ability to win championships, not some old pals act, that led him to take the job.
See also: act, old, pal

the old pals act

used humorously to imply that someone is using a position of influence to help their friends. British informal
See also: act, old, pal
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But he insists it was not an old pals act that put him in pole position to sign the 20-year-old Stubbs.
A bit of the old pals act. Now why has he changed his mind?
Old pals act: Kate, Sadie (far right) and friends smoulder for camera
LUDLOW: 2.10 Drifter, 2.40 Mighty Minnie, 3.10 Uriah Heep, 3.45 Area Fifty One, 4.20 Old Pals Act, 4.50 Carobello, 5.20 Lyssio.
THE MAIL'S TOP TIPS CARLISLE 2.20 Clan Chief 2.50 Montoya's Son 3.25 Emral Silk 4.00 Whats Up Woody 4.30 Dibdabs 5.00 Duke Of Navan 5.30 Solway Prince KEMPTON 5.40 Inke 6.10 Semaral 6.40 Its Lady Mary 7.10 Lovely Memory 7.40 Hurricane Alert 8.10 Galactic Halo 8.40 Daaree 9.10 Bob LUDLOW 2.10 Drifter 2.40 Mighty Minnie 3.10 Uriah Heep 3.45 Area Fifty One 4.20 Old Pals Act 4.50 Carobello 5.20 Lyssio SOUTHWELL 1.30 Minella Bliss 2.00 Head Spin 2.30 Tri Nations 3.00 Oficial Ben 3.35 Silver Shuffle 4.10 Spin Cast 4.40 Atlantic Gold 5.10 Kev The Car
LUDLOW: 2.10 Drifter, 2.40 Mighty Minnie, 3.10 Uriah Heep, 3.45 Area Fifty One, 4.20 Old Pals Act, Uriah Heep, 3.45 Area Fifty One, 4.20 Old Pals Act, 4.50 CAr obello, 5.20 Lyssio.
OLD PALS ACT: Carroll and Downing in Liverpool days and (below) Lucas
FONTWELL: 2.10 Shuh Shuh Gah, 2.40 Brady, 3.10 Fair Breeze, 3.40 Maid Of Silk, 4.15 Full Of Joy, 4.50 Old Pals Act, 5.25 Rolling Maul.
NAOMI MATTHEW: 2.10 Shuh Shuh Gah, 2.40 Brady, 3.10 Fair Breeze, 3.40 Maid Of Silk, 4.15 Full Of Joy, 4.50 Old Pals Act, 5.25 Rolling Maul.
CHELSEA coach Carlo Ancelotti did not look like a man ready to crack under the intense pressure of this season's title run-in as he shrugged off suggestions that the "old pals act" could provide one more twist in the tale.
PAUL Ince is backing Blackburn goal hero Keith Andrews to finally make the grade at the age of 28 - after dismissing accusations he signed the midfielder as "an old pals act."
There was no good old Pals act for Midland pro Darren Prosser as his bid to make it back to Spain for the European Tour Qualifying School finals slid off the rails last night.
Gould's new Lions boss Mark Burchill was a teammate of his dad's at Parkhead 15 years ago but the youngster is determined to prove to his new side there's no old pals act going on behind the scenes.